Learn how you can locate missing transaction in QuickBooks in four simple steps

Even though QuickBooks desktop is an advanced and competent software, its users sometimes find themselves in a fix. One issue that can really leave you scratching your head is locating missing transactions in QuickBooks Desktop. But, if you know where and how to look, you may find them without much too much trouble. If you own a business or work as an accountant and maintaining the financial records of your organization is your responsibility, this blog post will help you find the transactions that have been lost or misplaced for any reason.

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Four Steps to find any missing transactions in QuickBooks

The following four steps will help you find transactions have been misplaced for any reason:

  1. Check the Audit Report
  2. Check the company file
  3. If Applicable, check Condense Information
  4. Recreate missing transactions if lost

Now, since we know the four steps you have to perform to find the missing transactions in QuickBooks desktop, let’s learn about them in details.

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Check the Audit report

Check the Audit report - Screenshot

You can start by running the audit trail QuickBooks report where you can see all transactional reports. It also enables you to find misplaced and deleted transactions. The software allows you to change or modify product details, company details and payroll system. This report lets you spot some advanced features to find deleted data of recorded transactions and you can as well highlight them. If a modification or data change of any sort is displayed for any particular segment.

Let’s understand it with an example – In your company file, the value of a product can be changed by substituting the old products with new products. It can be easily recognized as the values appear in bold format.

In order to access the audit trail report you will have to go to the reports menu by selecting accounting followed by taxes option. Next, you will find the audit trail option where you do certain customization in your report with the assistance of transaction date, transaction type, transaction name, etc. With the help of this feature, you can even make changes in large data and change them into your desired format.

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Check the Company File

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Your company file may consist of plenty of data and at times it may be hard to find a particular transaction. Although, if your approach is correct and you are aware of the process, locating the transaction can be very easy. Also, the process may get complicated if you own multiple companies. If that’s the case, press F2 key on your keyboard and the entire detail will open up in front of you with files and product details and software versions. Select the right file and retrieve the missing transaction.

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Condense Information (if applicable)

Condense Information - Screenshot

A major feature in QuickBooks accounting software, Condense Information can help you remove unnecessary information from an existing company file and trim down the size of the file along with unwanted financial transaction for a particular date. It allows you to select a date range to delete or keep data from a file. Thus, you can check condense information to see if the transaction you may be looking for has been deleted.

Re-Enter the Missing Transaction

If the steps mentioned-above do not work, you may have to re-enter the transaction. While re-entering the transaction, however, you should make sure that you are not creating a duplicate entry or you may end up affecting balance I your account. 

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Winding Up!

We hope that this article helps you locate your missing transactions in QuickBooks desktop. In case you have any more questions or you are unable to locate your missing transactions, you can reach our 24×7 QuickBooks Support Team at +1-844-539-0188 for help.


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